BY KEN LITTLE
An investigation by Tusculum police into the theft of a cell phone at Tusculum College led to the arrest of two men on marijuana-related charges.
Charged Wednesday with solicitation to commit the offense of sale or delivery of a Schedule VI drug were Anthony Tyjuan Lewis, 19, who listed a Knoxville address; and Tanner Malone, 22, of Camelot Drive, Bristol.
Lewis and Malone were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a report by Master Patrolman Dustin Jeffers said.
While investigating a report of a stolen cell phone at the college, Lewis was developed as a suspect, the report said.
Police received consent to search Lewis' phone, which showed "drug activity" that indicated he was selling marijuana, the report said.
"This was confirmed by Mr. Lewis," the report said.
A backpack searched during the investigation contained a Mason jar with a set of scales inside, the report said.
"Mr. Lewis was also found to be a seller of marijuana by his own admission," the report said.
Lewis is a freshman signee to the Tusculum College basketball team, according to a July report in The Greeneville Sun.
He was a standout athlete at Carter High School, in Knox County, averaging 13 points and six assists per game during his senior season.
His status at the college was not known today.
Malone allegedly used a cell phone to make a transaction with a female "to trade her prescription of Concerta and money for marijuana," a report by Jeffers said.
Malone gave permission to search his cell phone, and admitted "he had been selling marijuana for another student on campus," the report said.
A search of Malone's vehicle after his arrest turned up a grinder, pipe and plastic bags, the report said.
Bond for both men was set at $11,000.